26 February 2015

L U N C H I N '

The February edition of the Panda Head Blog: A Creative DC newsletter went out last week, and it included a mini-guide to l u n c h across the city. Above, colorful (and delish) offerings from Halsa (in the Brookland neighborhood of NE) and Cafe Mitsitam (in SW DC).


The monthly newsletter now features themed round-ups of imagery pulled from the #aCreativeDC Instagram feed; February was all about F O O D , and it was hard to pick just nine from all the amazing visuals tagged! Each image above links through to a truly excellent Instagram account, so ^click click^.

The theme for March is "walls" – tag your gallery visits, your neighborhood murals, and everything in between with #aCreativeDC on Instagram, and sign up here for the good word on all things Panda Head Blog: A Creative DC.

images: @aloyallove, @laurating, @thepigDC, @svetlanaBYT, @lissa_ryan, @marcellakriebel
@chelseyDC, @dolcezzagelato, @freshfarmmarkets

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25 February 2015

A CREATIVE DC: DANIELLE VU

A Creative DC is a weekly series showcasing all aspects of a creative lifestyle in the District. The city's full and part-time doers and makers, how + where they live, gather, and create, and what they do, make, and notice. For more about the project click here. Follow along here at Panda Head and at @aCreativeDC on Instagram, and hashtag your own DC lifestyle with #aCreativeDC. Your life looks good here.

Danielle Vu is the bassist for Shark Week, a (surfy, garage) rock and roll band in the District. Recently signed to Papercup Music and with a full-length – Beach Fuzz – due out this year, they're amazing live, and playing next, late March, at Rock & Roll Hotel.

I first met Danielle...actually, I don't remember how I first met Danielle, but we have a ton of mutual friends and see each other with some frequency. She's someone I've always wanted know more about (hashtag girlcrush) – onstage she's all cool and insanely stylish and wildly aspirational; off she's exactly the same, but also so warm, quick to laugh, and intensely creative – she's been playing + collaborating in bands since junior high, and writing + making music is just an ingrained part of her day. She and her bandmates have made Shark Week one of the more high-profile groups in the city while holding down legit careers, and that, to me, is the epitome of A Creative DC. Do what you do/do what you love/hopefully there's some crossover, and make time for all of it.


We spent a morning together a couple of weeks ago, chatting C O O L  W O M E N (Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith, Joan Didion) and taking photos at her apartment – after the jump, Danielle's creative DC, from fave local bands to Sunday morning soundtracks.
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24 February 2015

J E W E L R I E S

Because my eyes need a little girl-talk: some jewelry-on-marble situations from a recent shoot with DC's Violet Boutique. HUBBA, HUBBA.

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23 February 2015

OFF CAMERA: HILL & DALE

Tucked away off of M Street in Georgetown, my sister and I stopped into Hill & Dale Records recently to snag the new Father John Misty album (we also left with Astral Weeks, bc Van Morrison, always). Way minimal in vibe and with a stunner of an LP wall, it's a visual ~100~, no?

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20 February 2015

THIS HAPPENED/THIS WEEK




one. Edible DC's Cocktail Invitational at Long View Gallery last night was pretty incredible; I ate my weight in Gordy's Sweet Chips + Grilled Cheese Toasties and Chaia Mushroom Tacos (and wish I could have drank the same in DGS Delicatessen's PURPLE PLUM MAI TAIS. Also a real pleasure: that eucalyptus + greenery installation by Amaryllis Inc.  E y E  c A n D y, ayyyyye.

two. Six pics: Erykah Badu, at bandwidth. Icon.

three. I don't want to be dramatic, but NYMag's daily "Best Dressed People of NYFW" has been my EVERYTHING this week. Coat-porn abounds. Three cheers for mindless escapes.

Life is arctic in DC this weekend, and I hope you're all staying BUNDLE-y! I'm trekking to Freshfarm Dupont on Sunday come hell/high water/wind blast, and in related topics, click here for 411 on the DC Hypothermia Hotline. They're prepared to help give shelter to anyone who needs it – give a ring at 1-800-535-7252.

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